Request for Expedited Scheduling in Texas Voter Purge Case

Request for Expedited Scheduling in Texas Voter Purge Case

February 6, 2019
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Dear Judge Hanks:

We write on behalf of the Plaintiffs in the above-titled action. In conjunction with this letter, Plaintiffs will be filing a Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Plaintiffs request that the Court enter an expedited briefing schedule that will allow this Motion to be heard and decided before February 26, 2019. As set forth in the Motion and accompanying memorandum, individuals flagged for review pursuant to the Secretary of State’s purge program outlined in Election Advisory No. 2019-02 (the “Advisory”)—including duly registered voters—are being sent notices to which they must adequately respond within 30 days or they will be automatically removed from the rolls. Because counties, including Defendant counties, began implementing this purge program as soon as January 28, 2019, individuals who were mailed notices on that day are at risk of being removed from the rolls as early as February 27, 2019.

To assist the Court’s consideration of Plaintiffs’ Motion, Plaintiffs further request that the Court order Defendants to produce to Plaintiffs at least one week prior to any hearing scheduled on this Motion: (1) the Secretary of State’s original list of flagged voters as described in the Advisory and any subsequent revised lists created by the Secretary of State’s office; and (2) lists of all individuals who have been sent notices by Defendant counties.

Plaintiffs have not yet had an opportunity to confer with Defendants regarding this request for an expedited schedule and limited discovery. Summons for the originally named Defendants issued this same day and is being mailed to Plaintiffs’ counsels’ office. Therefore, Defendants’ counsel have not yet appeared. Plaintiffs intend to diligently effectuate service on Defendants as soon as Plaintiffs receive the summons.

Respectfully,

Andre Segura (Attorney-in-Charge) Thomas Buser-Clancy
Edgar Saldivar
Brian Klosterboer
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas

Mimi Marziani**
Rebecca Harrison Stevens Joaquin Gonzalez**
Texas Civil Rights Project

Chiraag Bains** †
Stuart C. Naifeh**
Brenda Wright**
Dēmos

Jon Greenbaum**
Ezra D. Rosenberg**
Brendan B. Downes**
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Sophia Lin Lakin**
Dale E. Ho**
American Civil Liberties Union

ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS

** Pro hac vice application forthcoming
† Admitted in Massachusetts, not D.C.; practice consistent with D.C. App. R. 49(c)(3). 

 

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